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Lucky Charm

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In the silent film era, deaf actor Gilbert Wilton’s handsome and expressive face is all he needs to be a star. As talkies start taking over the film industry, though, Gilbert’s long-time partner and director leaves him. At the apex of heartbreak and a career going up in flames, Gilbert returns home one night to find his house being burgled--by his childhood best friend.

Even after decades apart, Quill Phillips is as untrustworthy (and attractive) as ever. When Quill offers to do anything for Gilbert in exchange for letting him go, an idea pops into the actor’s head.

It’s a petty act of revenge, but the director has a lucky charm he never shoots a movie without. With Gilbert’s intimate knowledge of the director’s home and Quill’s infiltration skills, the pair set out to steal the lucky charm--and, unintentionally, each other's hearts.


Lucky Charm is a complete, standalone short story.

82 pages, Kindle Edition

First published April 16, 2019

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Chace Verity

28 books97 followers
Chace Verity (she/they) is publishing queer as heck stories with a strong romantic focus, although queer friendships and found families are important too. Chace prefers to write fantasy but dabbles in contemporary and historical fiction as well. An American citizen & Canadian permanent resident, Chace will probably never be able to call a gallon of milk a "four-liter."

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Profile Image for Chasia Lloyd.
699 reviews58 followers
March 17, 2019
this goofy novelette is gonna get its own release~~~ if a 1920s m/m romance between a Deaf actor and a professional swindler is up your alley, you can read it in the Tricked anthology now or get the solo version on april 16 that'll have some bonus content

content warnings:
- ableism
- alcohol consumption
- references to death of a parent/caregiver
Profile Image for Shannon.
2,328 reviews166 followers
April 29, 2020
Another sweet little read from Chace Verity. I liked the way this one was written, the way it played out over just a short time, with each day being a different chapter. I loved that Gil and Quill were childhood friends who reconnected after so many year apart! A very easy, entertaining story.
Profile Image for Laura.
1,729 reviews46 followers
May 4, 2019
My heart is so full~

Content notes (from front matter):

🖤 ableism, discrimination
🖤 alcohol consumption
🖤mention of deceased parents/caregivers

I always know I can trust Chace Verity to write stories that will brighten my worst day and make me smile - and Lucky Charm is no different! I love Gil so much and he has such a funny voice that kept me smiling throughout. I love the element of second-chance this romance has and it’s just so soft and pleasant to read. The epilogue especially made my heart so full with the sweetness that is Gil and Quill’s love for one another - plus their cat, Mitzi!
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327 reviews13 followers
April 16, 2019
This was one of the cutest things I've ever read!! Gilbert and Quill are so cute together and I love the ending! The way they acted around each other, like they'd never been apart, was beautiful.
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Author 2 books306 followers
August 1, 2022
Oh no... this could have been so good! 1920s Hollywood! A Deaf protagonist! Queer romance! A HEIST! But alas, it was just way too short. Nothing was explored with any depth. There's no sense of the Hollywood setting, what it means to be queer in the 1920s is just ignored completely, and the protagonist's Deafness isn't particularly well represented; we're told that he's fired from his film career due to the incoming rise of 'talkies' (i.e. the sea change from silent films to films with dialogue and diegetic sound) but we don't really see what this means for him beyond being irritated that his boyfriend fired him. The heist itself comes off with absolutely no planning, as far as we can tell, because we don't see any of it.

The writing style was witty, and there were a few lines which really did make me do an actual lol, and the characters, as thinly drawn as they were, were interesting. I wish this had 200 more pages to do the idea justice. It's such a great idea and I would happily have read a full length novel of it. It just doesn't work as a novelette.
Profile Image for Heather.
269 reviews55 followers
May 28, 2019
Lovely read! Sometimes you just want something queer, fun and feels-y to read before bed and this was delightful!
Profile Image for Helen Kord.
323 reviews36 followers
May 31, 2019
This was such a wonderful, lovely and gentle story. The characters were ridiculously charming and the slow-burn was great. Just. The cutest book!!! And there's a cuddly kitty too!!
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620 reviews15 followers
July 17, 2019
In terms of how much I enjoyed reading this, I found this to be a 4 star read. I had a blast reading this. In more realistic terms, this novella was about a 2.5 star read. It didn't exactly have the best writing ever, but I was smiling throughout the whole reading experience. So. Good times overall.

One of the things that made me love this novella was how cute it was. Almost everything that went down in it was ridiculously unrealistic, but it was a blast to read. I didn't care how chaotic the plot was. It made me smile a shitton, and I was really happy to be reading it. Plus, even with how unlikely the lives of the two main characters were, their relationship was adorable. No doubt about it. I was charmed by the two of them.

The second biggest factor in me enjoying this novella was the writing style. This was so cheesy. It was delightful! The writing style was pure cheese, and it fueled me. It made the reading experience super fun because of how over-the-top and silly/cute it was. I was certainly not bothered by all the cheese.

I think my biggest complaint about this novella would be its pacing. The plot of this moved at the speed of light. Everything happened really quickly, and I definitely wouldn't have minded if things had slowed down a bit so the relationship between the main characters progressed more naturally.

All in all, this was a really sweet read. If you want to have a fun time and spend absolutely zero brain cells, pick this up just for a light and fun read.
985 reviews3 followers
April 22, 2019
Sweet, sweet love story! When talking pictures come into vogue, deaf actor Gilbert Wilton is discarded by his director-lover. When a childhood friend tries to burgle his house, Gil sees a chance to get back in the pictures, or at least get revenge, by stealing his former lover's lucky charm. Along the way, he finds his own lucky charm, and finds out what friendship and love really are These two characters were great, sweet, and so cute together. This was my first read by Chace Verity, and I will certainly have me eyes open for more.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
246 reviews5 followers
April 15, 2021
A cute story about a deaf silent film star who reunites with a childhood friend, and they set out to steal an ex’s lucky charm.
The story is just about 80 pages and many of the chapters are short little vignettes. The quick fade in / fade out makes it amusing and keeps things moving along. There are a few awkward moments in the dialog, but these are outweighed by the real feelings and the overall cuteness of this pair.
It’s got one of my favorite tropes of all time: MUTUAL. SECRET. PINING. And I gotta say, I’m so glad to get some more disability rep in romance. (And fiction of all kinds, really.)
11.5k reviews50 followers
September 23, 2021
He was a star in the silent movies which worked well as he was dead but it all changes when sound comes in. His partner in bed and in life leaves him and he is left in ruins. Then he finds his old best friend stealing from him and a plot forms. What is the plot? Will they become more? Can it all work? See how they get on

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Profile Image for Arlene.
31 reviews1 follower
October 22, 2019
Short, sweet and lovely. Chase Verity has such wonderfully strong voices for their protagonists, and Gil is no exception. I laughed out loud more than once and found him very sweet and charming.

I needed a bit of fluff today, and this was a great feel-good afternoon read that left me warm & fuzzy.
Profile Image for Kate Swed.
Author 42 books54 followers
April 26, 2019
I'm a sucker for a good heist story--especially when the thieves are as charming as Gil and Quill. The best stuff:

-deaf rep!

Disclaimer: I edited this story for its original anthology.
Profile Image for Ella Stainton.
Author 4 books51 followers
May 31, 2019

Oh, I wish there was more, but that is my only complaint. Sweet, lovable heroes, glamorous backdrop, and rekindled love. And happy sighs about handsigning ‘home’ at the end. Just an utter delight all the way around!
Profile Image for Carly.
516 reviews10 followers
June 21, 2019
I was expecting a novel and got a short story (I think it was too short to be a novella, but is there something between a short story and a novella in length?). It was cute for what it was, but just not what I was looking for.
Profile Image for Kris-10.
612 reviews103 followers
April 19, 2019
Lucky Charm is a quick, super fun read featuring a cute deaf actor and a charming short thief. It's no wonder they managed to steal my heart.
Profile Image for Leigh Landry.
Author 21 books54 followers
April 22, 2019
This is such an adorably charming read, AND it features one of my favorite thieves ever (high praise, indeed).
Profile Image for Stephanie Eding.
11 reviews1 follower
April 23, 2019
I love a good revenge story! And this one is beautifully done! The banter is quirky and fun, and I absolutely adore the setting!! <3
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Author 6 books52 followers
August 30, 2019
Fun read!

This lovely little read is perfect for a long weekend. It's a friend's to lovers take with a little bit of theft to add to the mix.
Profile Image for Beth.
52 reviews11 followers
April 13, 2020
Adorable and sweet, with endearing characters and just enough crime.
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